If you have yet to hear Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control (HOF)” then you probably don’t like rap, or any form of social media. In case you are not aware, K.Dot dropped a verse calling out some major names in the rap game to step it up. Some have perceived it as a diss, others as inspiration.
Among the many direct name drops on the track, Lamar makes reference to legendary coach, Phil Jackson, and how even if he returned to the coaching ranks he couldn’t coral the Compton rapper, ““If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin’ me. I’m uncoachable, I’m unsociable.” In what is possibly the only time you’ll hear Phil Jax reference a hip hop lyric, he sent a tweet out directly to Kendrick.
@kendricklamar it’s okay to be cocky and sure, but we all need somebody to lean on. Let’s just call it mentoring.— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) August 13, 2013
LeBron James heard “Control” and thought it was fire, saying the GKMC rapper “boxed em into a corner.”
Knicks guard, Iman Shumpert is among the New York representatives that took offense to the verse, especially the part where Kendrick claims to the the “King of New York.” Shortly after dropping his “Versace” freestyle, one of the best rappers in the NBA fired shots at K.Dot on “Dear Kendrick.” Check out the track below.